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Plymouth State University has announced that its women’s ice hockey program will be elevated to varsity status beginning with the 2006-07 season.

PSU added cheerleading in addition to women’s hockey. Plymouth State now has 19 varsity sports, eight men’s and 11 women’s. The two sports are the first added at Plymouth State since women’s volleyball began in 1996. Both programs were started several years ago as club teams, and spent the last two years as affiliates in the athletic department.

“I want to thank the students, especially the seniors, who worked so hard and showed such dedication and commitment to seeing this happen,” said PSU President Donald P. Wharton. “Women’s ice hockey and cheerleading are two of the fastest growing sports in the NCAA and the same is true at Plymouth State. We’re thrilled for the current and future students who will be able to compete in these programs.”

PSU already has a men’s varsity program that competes in the ECAC D-III Northeast.

The Panther women’s ice hockey team posted a 9-7 record this season, its second as an athletic department affiliate. The team has been coached the past three years by Mark Wojcinski.